Ron Tarr

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Ron Tarr
Ronald Lawrence Morisco-Tarr

14 November 1936 (1936-11-14)
Died20 October 1997(1997-10-20) (aged 60)
OccupationTelevision Actor
Years active1973–97

Ronald Lawrence Morisco-Tarr,[1] known as Ron Tarr (14 November 1936 – 20 October 1997) was a British television actor who played minor roles in television series and films. He died of cancer in 1997.[2]

His first acting role was in the film Carry On Girls in 1973 where he played an uncredited role as a Bearded Audience Member. This was followed by appearances in many television series such as Doctor Who, Blake's 7, Are You Being Served?, The Gentle Touch, The Comic Strip Presents - (Five Go Mad in Dorset), and Dramarama. He also appeared in films such as the James Bond film A View to a Kill (1985), Eat the Rich (1987) and Willow (1988).

He was perhaps best known as the background character Big Ron in the BBC soap opera EastEnders. He played the role of Big Ron from the show's inception in 1985 to just before his death in October 1997. His character had very few central storylines but was often seen interacting with the main characters in the show. After his death, he appeared in pre-recorded episodes that he had filmed before his death. To explain the absence of his character, in early 1998 his character was written out of the series in a storyline in which Big Ron won the lottery and moved to Spain.

Tarr also appeared in a series of 1980s television advertisements for Do it All a now-defunct DIY chain in the United Kingdom.[citation needed]


Year Title Role Notes
1973 Carry on Girls Bearded Audience Member Uncredited
1977 Star Wars Jabba's henchman Uncredited
1985 A View to a Kill Guard I
1987 Eat the Rich Ron
1988 Vroom Mr. Roache (The Fat Man)
1988 Willow Llug


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  2. ^ "EASTENDERS BIG RON DIES OF CANCER AT 60". The Mirror. 22 October 1997. Retrieved 2009-04-14.

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